New Delhi, May 9, 2012: New Delhi may be the capital of the country but 22 per cent of its people do not have access to a latrine in their premises and are forced to defecate in the open or use public toilet.
According to 'Houselisting and Housing Census 2011' for Delhi released today, 89.5 per cent of the 33.40 lakh households in Delhi have a latrine in their premises while 3.3 per cent are forced to defecate in open.
A close look at the statistics shows New Delhi district, the VVIP district among the nine districts in the capital, in a poor light as it fared poorer compared to other areas in providing proper sanitation.
Only New Delhi district has slipped below 80 per cent mark in this category.
According to the data, 22.1 per cent of the 30,385 households in the city have no latrines in their premises.
20.2 per cent of the households which do not have latrine facilities use public toilets, while two per cent defecate in open.
North-East district and East district fared better in this regard where only 4.9 and 6.6 per cent of the households have no access to latrines in their premises.
In North East district, people in only 0.6 per cent of the 3.95 lakh households defecate in open while 4.2 per cent use public toilets.
The survey, meanwhile, found households having access to the drinking water facility within the premises marginally up from 74.9 per cent in 2001 to 78.4 percent in 2011.
In rural areas its 64.1 per cent up from 62.3 per cent in 2001, while in urban areas its 78.8 per cent up from 75.8 per cent for the last decade.
Only 6.2 percentage of the households have drinking water installations away from premises while 15.1 percentage have the facility near the premises.
The central district has recorded a good figure with 91.7 percent households having drinking water installations within their premises. The North-East district records the worst among others with only 70.8 percent households having the installations within their premises.
The census states that 81.3 percentage of the households have access to the tap water slightly up from 75.3 percent for the last decade. In urban areas the percentage of is 81.9 while in rural its 59.4 percent.
Treated water is accessed by 75.2 percentage of the city households. However, only 49.6 percent households in rural areas access treated water which is fairly high for urban areas at 75.8 percent.
Surprisingly, South Delhi district records the lowest percentage of house holds with access to tap water at 71 percent which is negligibly up from 70.9 for 2001. (Source: Financial Express.com)